As Red 2 gets set to enter production, Lionsgate have announced two new additions to the cast and neither of them fits the Retired and Extremely Dangerous profile – which is to say, they're relatively light on wrinkles and dark of mane.
Byung-Hun Lee, whose previous Western movies number the GI Joe films, in which he plays Storm Shadow, is the first new addition. Yet another example of East-West collaboration in an action film, more specifically one where a star appeals to add some Eastern appeal.
And then we have Catherine Zeta Jones. A daughter for Helen Mirren's character? A rival for the affections of Bruce Willis? An evil femme fatale?
All of the above?
In their press release, Lionsgate's president said:
We had so much fun making Red and seeing that amazing cast assembled together and so did consumers: over $200m worldwide and the number one home entertainment rental of last year. We can't wait to bring them back together, give them some new friends, and show they 'still got it.'
Will they still have it to the tune of $200m? I'd imagine they'll skate past that easily now it's a known brand.
Galaxy Quest's Dean Parisot is directing and the first film's screenwriters Jon and Erich Hoeber have written the new script, this time without a Warren Ellis seed to water. Here's hoping they can come up with something as fizzy as last time.